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Ahead of tonight’s Diamond Classic meeting at Gloucester Park, get the last word from all the key players. Race 5 is the running of the feature event, taken out by Majorpride last year, pictured. RACE 1 – MONDO DORO SMALLGOODS 2YO PACE 1.Kyle Harper (Lil Happy Fella): “Racing well enough. Better horses in the race for sure. He gets the draw to put him in contention.” 2.Chris Voak (Disco Demon): “Gets the chance to lead. We will see where he’s at.” 4.Kim Prentice (Carabao): “Huge step up for him. The ones outside him are nice horses. We will come across and find out how good he is.” 5.Michael Grantham (Seeryanfly): “Like the horse. I’d say he’d drop back but he has got speed.” 6.Greg Bond (Give Us A Wave): “First run back. He’s forward in condition. Tricky draw against good opposition.” 7.Gary Hall Jnr (Mighty Ronaldo): “Goes well. Big test drawn there. Probably won’t go forward. If he gets a decent run they’ll know he’s there.” 8.Dylan Egerton-Green (Talks Up A Storm): “Been working super. Draw makes it difficult in a handy field.” 10.Aiden De Campo (Dominus Factum): “Was happy with him first-up. Will improve a lot and has the ability to match it with these.”   RACE 2 – CATALANO TRUCK & EQUIPMENT PACE 1.Ross Olivieri (Dennis): “Gets every chance. He will lead for sure.” 3.Shannon Suvaljko (Qtown Rip Roaring): “Racing well. Just needs luck in races to be in the finish.” 5.Gary Hall Jnr (Dracarys): “We will press forward. Drawn middle of the line so she’s not much chance if she goes back.” 6.Michael Grantham (Valbonne): “We will slot in and hopefully get on the three-wide train.” 8. Gary Hall Snr (Our Rhythm N Blues): “Stewie McDonald chose to drive Our Rhythm N Blues. He said he went pretty well last start. He burst three-wide when the pace went on. 9.Greg Bond (Courage Tells): “He was great last week. No luck with the barriers.” 10.Gary Hall Snr (Extreme Prince): “I think he’s the best chance. With the right run he’s got some each-way hope.” 12.Chris Voak (Bracken Sky): “Desperate to drive him. Looks like he has good closing speed.”   RACE 3 – SPECIALISED EQUIPMENT FUNDING SOLUTIONS PACE 2.Michael Grantham (Machlani): “I think we will try and cross the one. Dominate The Dojo will hum across. We could be left in the breeze though.” 3.Gary Hall Jnr (Gangbuster): “Racing well. Good place chance.” 4.Kim Prentice (Soho Thunderstruck): “Been up for a while. Very consistent. Think he will run a good race though.” 9.Greg Bond (Kingslayer): “Not as strong as last week. Definite chance. Soho Thunderstruck looks the one to beat.”   RACE 4 – PURE STEEL 1.Gary Hall Snr (Balcatherine): “I think she’s got gate speed. I’m sure she will go close leading. I would think it would be very hard to cross her.” 2.Aiden De Campo (Walsh): “Racing well. Looks hard to beat the one. Place chance.” 3.Jack Justins (Carramar Arapaho): “Hoping to cross. If he can get there then I expect him to put in a big effort.” 4.Shannon Suvaljko (Roll With Me): “Racing well. Each-way.” 5.Chris Voak (Hes Royal Blue): “Tricky draw. Wait for a draw.” 8.Aldo Cortopassi (Art Tutor): “Draw is tricky because he’s an on speed horse.” 12.Michael Grantham (Back In Twenty): “Each-way. I was really happy with him last week.”   RACE 5 – PERTH PLASTERBOARD CENTRE DIAMOND CLASSIC 1.Gary Hall Jnr (Alta Louisa): “She’ll hold the lead. Not that quick of a front line. Never drawn anywhere to press forward. Interesting to see how she goes.” 2.Aldo Cortopassi (Star Fromthepalace): “Not sure on the one leading. She’s inexperienced. She hasn’t had the better fillies pressuring her. My filly is racing well. I’m not worried about breezing, she’s done that before.” 3.Shannon Suvaljko (Rockin The Trend): “Wait for an easier race.” 4.Kim Prentice (Soho Whisper): “She’s the pick of my two. Happy with her. Can hit the line strongly and with the breaks she can run 3rd to 5th.” 5.Kim Prentice (Soho Major Player): “Most probably racing better than ever before. She’s the same as Soho Whisper.” 6.Chris Voak (Misstiano): “Going well but the draw hurts.” 7.Greg Bond (Weewah): “Racing well. Not without a chance.” 9.Greg Bond (Intheskyrocket): “She was third in the Oaks and she found the line well in the heat.” 10.Colin Reeves (Blockjorg): “She’s fine. Pulled up well. I couldn’t be happier with her. Fortunately, she’s going well. She does deserve to win a feature somewhere along the line.” 12.Ross Olivieri (Double Expresso): “Plenty worse draws than 12. She will go a fair bit better than last start. They will sort out where they are then Chris will put her in the race.”   RACE 6 – VILI’S PIES PACE 1.Aldo Cortopassi (Major Shard): “If I can get him away. We will play it by ear.” 2.Shannon Suvaljko (Seven Demerits): “Racing without luck. Each-way chance.” 5.Michael Grantham (Countess Grace): “Front line helps. Wouldn’t have her on last start though.” 6.Gary Hall Snr (Mr Kiwi): “The owner said to me he’s a really quick beginner. Hopefully that’s the case and if he does begin quickly I’m sure he’ll be very hard to beat. Last start he won and probably wasn’t overly impressive. He would definitely have taken a fair bit of improvement out of that run. The standing start will suit him down to the ground.” 11.Aiden De Campo (Attack On Command): “Hard from 20. Always runs an honest race.” 12.Greg Bond (The Bird Dance): “Last run he missed away and it cost him winning the race. He will be in the finish with a good start.”   RACE 7 – DIRECT TRADES SUPPLY PACE 1.Kyle Harper (Mon Lilles): “Ready to run a race and gets the draw she’s been waiting for. Fantastic front runner. Will hold the front and give her the best chance.” 2.Shannon Suvaljko (Marquisard): “Each-way.” 3.Aldo Cortopassi (Dreamy Nights): “Back to 2130. Had the choice between him and Marquisard. We will have a quick look for the lead.” 4.Gary Hall Snr (Mister Bushido): “I’d love to see him lead because I think he’d be very hard to beat. His form has been good for his last four or five runs. His last start he won very easily and I don’t think he’s gone off since then. It’s a hard race to figure out where he’s going to end up.”   RACE 8 – ETCH COATINGS PACE 1.Shannon Suvaljko (Twoandahalf Tigers): “Good place chance.” 2.Greg Bond (Taroona Bromac): “Last run was in the stand. Wasn’t 100 per cent happy. We got him scoped. I expect a competitive showing. He should find the top.” 3.Jack Justins (Pradas Ideal Dahling): “Hopefully lob close to them on the back of a nice one. Thinking of staying in the moving line so he’s got room.” 4.Aldo Cortopassi (A Boy Named Rosie): “Tricky draw. He’s a sit-sprint specialist.” 5.Gary Hall Snr (Robbie Easton): “Working really well. The best he’s worked since I’ve had him. Obviously he will be underdone. With Taroona Bromac leading I doubt we can give him any grief.”   RACE 9 – SIMMONDS STEEL PACE 1.Kyle Harper (Parisian Partygirl): “Airborne without a great deal of luck. Should get the run of the race behind the leader. Just tricky in small fields as to whether she finds the run.” 2.Colin Belton (Gotta Go Gabbana): “Got the gate speed. She will lead easily. I think Kyle Harper will hand up.” 3.Aiden De Campo (Delightfulreaction): “Racing well. Will need genuine tempo to win.” 5.Shannon Suvaljko (Millwood Brandy): “Wait for a weaker field.” 6.Michael Grantham (Pick My pocket): “Looks a race they’ll run it in Indian file. I’ll keep the options open.” 7.Gary Hall Snr (Just Rockon Bye): “If she had have drawn to lead I’m sure she would’ve gone really well. Gotta Go Gabbana is going to find the lead and I would imagine, unless she gets pressure, Just Rockon Bye is going to have to settle for a place.”   RACE 10 – MEMBERS SPRINT 1.Chris Voak (Vultan Tin): “Looking for improvement. Good draw over the mile. Phil wants to lead.” 2.Greg Bond (Our Jimmy Johnstone): “Trained on well from last week. If we got the front we wouldn’t hand up.” 3.Gary Hall Snr (Chicago Bull): “These small fields are harder than the big fields for him. Jimmy Johnstone was a huge run last week and obviously he’s going to be the one to beat again. I’m not sure what’s going to happen. There’s quite a few different scenarios. Bully is going to have to do all the work again. I was happy with his run last week. He just needs racing.” 4.Greg Bond (El Jacko): “Should get a nice trip. Small field suits him. He will find the line strongly.” 5.Michael Grantham (Golden State): “Try to run top four.” 6.Ross Olivieri (Iceenothink): “Draw doesn’t help him in this race.”   Tim Walker

All three favourites in last night’s two-year-old Diamond Classic heats have safely progressed through to next Friday’s final at Gloucester Park. Unconditional, Minor Catastrophe and Always An Angel were favoured to progress to next Friday’s $100,000 final and each scored contrasting wins. The Greg and Skye Bond-trained Unconditional was able to comfortably find the front from barrier two in the first heat and rated 2.00.6 in the 14.6m win. Minor Catastrophe maintained her unbeaten record in the second heat of the evening but it did have a much more interesting plot than the opener. Chris Lewis looked to find the lead from barrier two with the David Young-trained filly but was held out by the well fancied Letsdancetonight. Lewis was able to slot three pairs back on the pegs and the filly was able to gradually wear down Foxy Rose when she got clear running on the turn for home. Always An Angel was made to work for her win in the third heat of the night, where she rated 1.59.3 sitting outside Benesari Lane in the breeze throughout. The Justin Prentice-trained filly will now take a four race winning streak into the final next week and her only defeat came at her first start in March. Star For Me, Secret Reaction, Star Of The Bay, Foxy Rose, Shes A Bright Star, Letsdancetonight, Bettor Beach Belle, Just For Love and Yellowroseoftexas will join the three heat winners in the Group 1 final. Meanwhile, Prentice looks well placed to complete the three-year-old Diamond Classic-Pearl Classic double with Alta Louisa drawing barrier one for this Friday’s Perth Plasterboard Centre Diamond Classic (2130m). Alta Louisa was an eye-catching third to Blockjorg and Double Expresso in the second heat of the Diamond on May 12 and looks to get her chance to lead in the $50,000 final. Blockjorg will start from barrier 10 and looks poised to get a similar run to what she got when winning the heat. Double Expresso looms as another key player in the race from barrier 12. Star Fromthepalace, who won the other heat of the Diamond Classic, will start from barrier two. A field of six will contest the Members Sprint (1730m) for the Free-For-All pacers. Chicago Bull has drawn barrier three with Vultan Tin and Our Jimmy Johnstone drawn to his inside. El Jacko, Golden State and Iceenothink round out the field.   Tim Walker

Smart juvenile Carabao has stamped himself as a live player in upcoming two-year-old feature races by taking out the Rockingham Ram 2YO Pace (2185m) at Pinjarra this afternoon. Carabao showed he had plenty of ability in his last start second at Bunbury last Saturday and was sent out a well-supported $1.28 favourite today. The American Ideal gelding led comfortably from barrier one and clocked a modest lead time and first half in 44.4 and 63.2 respectively. When driver Kim Prentice asked the Bryan Cousins-trained pacer for an effort he responded terrifically to score by 13.8m to Arma Einstein and Otis and ran home in 56.8 in doing so. Prentice said Carabao made a strong statement this afternoon and was bullish he could measure up to the best two-year-olds in the state. “He ran home in 27.1 and felt really good in doing it,” Prentice told RWWA Harness. “The more racing he’s doing the better he’s getting. “It’s the first time we’ve used him out of the gate and it’s good to know he can go quick as well. “He’s been a late nomination for Friday night and it looks like three or four of the best two-year-olds are in that too. “Bryan didn’t want him to have a fortnight off before the Pearl Classic heats, so by running Friday night it will be a week and a half into the heats.” Carabao is also expected to tackle the Westbred colts and geldings Classic and Golden Slipper in June and July respectively. Meanwhile, 11-year-old Disco Spirit caused a major boilover in the Murray Veterinary Services Pace (2631m). The gelding scored his 11th win at his 151st start and upstaged fancied pair Divinia Bellezza and Kiwi Bloke. Elsewhere, Alta Cinderella made it two wins in a row to start her career as she led home a Gary Hall Snr-trained quinella in the Medic Aid Pace (1684m) for the fillies and mares. Alta Cinderella scored by 5.5m to stablemate Princess Christiano.   Tim Walker

Ahead of tonight’s WASBA-Breeders Stakes meeting at Gloucester Park, get the last word from all the key players. Race 6 is the running of the feature event, taken out by Our Alfie Romeo last year, pictured above. RACE 1 – BUDGET STOCKFEEDS PACE 1.Aldo Cortopassi (Art Tutor): “We’ll be doing our best to hold up. He doesn’t fly off the gate but he does muster speed. If he holds up he will be hard to run down.” 2.Gary Hall Jnr (Antero): “Place chance. His form is better than it suggests.” 3.Peter Tilbrook (Cavalry Call): “Going well. Needs luck from the barrier three to get into a nice spot.” 5.Corey Peterson (One For Dave Andme): “Expect him to go well. Probably look to slot in and drive him with one run.” 9.Peter Tilbrook (Seven Demerits): “Wait for him to get a better draw.” 12.Aiden De Campo (Just Barney): “Been unlucky with the draws in town. I’m happy with the horse at home. He’s probably more of a place chance.”   RACE 2 – RAMSAYS HORSE TRANSPORT PACE 1.Deni Roberts (Destined To Rule): “He has no gate speed. So hopefully we can get the sit on Our Perkins as he should go well in front. He’s a much better horse sat up. Hoping for improvement as he isn’t 100 per cent fit. Monday’s run helped.” 2.Dylan Egerton-Green (Our Perkins): “Racing well with no luck. Showed more form last start. He will probably find the front. I’ll be driving for the front.” 3.Aiden De Campo (Attack On Command): “I thought his last start was the best since I’ve driven him. He meets a field where he’s probably going to get a nice trip. He’s a good top four chance.” 5.Gary Hall Jnr (Tuas Delight): “He’s a rough chance.” 12. Aldo Cortopassi (Sarge): “Place chance at best. Go to try and get a soft trip.”   RACE 3 – MILNE FEEDS MADE FOR WA PACE 1.Brett Smith (Mcardles Gem): “We will lead early and not be handing up to Tanaka Eagle.” 2.Peter Tilbrook (Tanaka Eagle): “I’ll be trying to lead. Mcardles Gem normally likes to sit.” 3.Michael Grantham (Oneonthewood): “I can’t use him off the gate. I’ll be looking to go back and slot in. If he puts in a half like at he did at Pinjarra he will be hard to hold out.” 4.Corey Peterson (Runaway Three): “He should go well. I’ll push forward looking for the top. If not I’ll sit in the breeze.” 10.Aiden De Campo (Walsh): “He’s going really well. It’s a really good draw for him. Whether we’re leaders back or three back on the rails it’s a really good spot. Hopefully he can get clear at the right time and I’m confident the way he’s going he’ll run a really nice race.”   RACE 4 – LARKHILL VETS PACE 1.Aldo Cortopassi (Marquisard): “I had the choice of driving the one, two and three. He got off the gate sharply last week. I thought he might be even sharper than last week. He ran 1.56 and it felt like he might have a bit left.” 3.Dylan Egerton-Green (Pradas Ideal Dahling): “Looks like he will have to do it tough outside the leader again.” 4.Gary Hall Jnr (Extreme Prince): “He’s millions.” 6.Michael Grantham (Valbonne): “He’s going well. His last start was strong. He will slot back and get a spot.” 7. Mike Reed (All The Whispers): “We will take the shortcuts and hope for the best.”   RACE 5 – VALE GAVIN LANG PACE 3.Aldo Cortopassi (Dreamy Nights): “Going to grab hold of him at the start. It’s a good chance to drive him with a sit.” 4.Greg Bond (El Jacko): “Had to get going three deep last week. He felt the pinch late.” 6. Mike Reed (Golden State): “His runs have been great except last start. We’ll go back and try and get to the fence and take shortcuts. He’s a great place chance.” 7.Dylan Egerton-Green (Vultan Tin): “Hope to sit him up. Hoping then the race is run to suit.” 8.Gary Hall Jnr (Chicago Bull): “Should win. It was a bad drive last week.” 9.Greg Bond (Our Jimmy Johnstone): “He will be driven quietly early. He might be able to get the trail on Bully.”   RACE 6 – WASBA BREEDERS STAKES 1.Aiden De Campo (Delightfulreaction): “She’s unproven against the class. She was really good last week. She’s a mare that’s always gone well in bigger race where they’ve run it genuinely. She’ll be taking a trail. On what horse? We aren’t sure yet.” 2.Mike Reed (Arma Indie): “She had one soft trial. The last place we wanted to be (first-up) was in the breeze. Her go is either leading or sitting up. Her work was good (on Wednesday). She’s still big in condition but each run she will get better and better. She has got good gate speed. If we did cross we’d definitely keep it.” 9. Justin Prentice (Dracarys): “I think she’ll struggle from the draw. I thought she was due for a decent draw and a bit of luck. She will be driven her normal way. Hopefully it’s run upside down.” 10.Gary Hall Jnr (Balcatherine): “She’s a good each-way chance.” 11. Justin Prentice (Has No Fear): “Was a good run last start. She sat three fence which is ideal for her. She’s not going to get that tonight.”   RACE 7 – INSURE WITH PSC BLOODSTOCK SERVICES PACE 1.Deni Roberts (Ideal Investment): “He has to lead. If he gets crossed he can’t win. He should go close if he leads. It’s a step up in grade but I can’t rule him out in front over a short trip.” 2.Dylan Egerton-Green (Major Shard): “Hopefully hold a spot. He should use his speed over the final stages.” 3.Kim Prentice (Soho Thunderstruck): “Saleahs Command may cross. I’ve held out Bettor Be Oscar before. I don’t think I can cross the one. We have to come out and hold the outside horses.” 8.Aiden De Campo (Bettor Be Oscar): “Horse is racing well. I’m struggling to figure out how he’s going to get into the race. It seems the one will lead and the three will sit in the breeze. I think he will struggle to get in the race. We will need things to go his way.”   RACE 8 – FRESH EXPRESS STANDING START 1.Gary Hall Jnr (Semiramide): “She’s a chance again but she’s a quarter of the odds.” 2.Michael Grantham (Countess Grace): “Hoping she can step over the short course. When she’s been sat up she’s been flying through the field. If she leads we will definitely hold up. If I lead I can definitely beat The Bird Dance.” 3.Greg Bond (Divinia Bellezza): “Working well at home. In the short course stand hoping she can step away well. We will be a lot wiser after the race.” 9.Peter Tilbrook (Vivere Damore): “She’s worked on a treat. She should go close. Last week she was better than what on paper suggests. Normally at a stand she steps well but we just stepped a bit too quick last week. If she gets away well and lobs handy she’s a good chance.” 10.Greg Bond (The Bird Dance): “He’s the one to beat. Pulled up well from Monday. He should be in the firing line.”   RACE 9 – DOUBLE YOUR DOLLARS WITH A STAR ALLWOOD STUD STALLION 3YO FILLIES PACE 3.Kim Prentice (Soho Major Player): “Going okay. She will go back and take short cuts.” 5.Gary Hall Jnr (Suing You): “Gets her chance to return to form.” 6.Kim Prentice (Soho Whisper): “She’s the better chance but drawn the worst. We need some mid race pressure.” 7.Aiden De Campo (Blue Chip Adda): “She’s a filly that’s got one trick. She’s best sat up for the first 600m. I can’t really use her early. We’ll be relying on speed from other horses. We have to go back from the draw. If the race is run to suit I’m sure she’ll be there abouts.”   RACE 10 – VISION PRODUCE 2YO PACE 1.Gary Hall Jnr (Mighty Ronaldo): “He will take plenty of beating from the draw. It’s a very good field of babies.” 2. Justin Prentice (Adda Something): “He disappointed me a little bit last start. He’s really green.  He needs more education. He looks like he’ll drop on the back of Mighty Ronaldo.” 5.Michael Grantham (Seeryanfly): “I drove him last start and was happy with him. He’s very quick. I think I’ll slot back here and they might go in Indian file.”   Tim Walker

Driver Ryan Warwick has made a habit of leaving race meetings with a 100 per cent winning strike rate. He famously drove all six winners at a Kellerberrin meeting last October. He drove five winners from as many drives on the nine event card at Pinjarra today. Warwick drove Jett Star, Rocko Fitz, Missplay, Parmesan and The Bird Dance to success today in another fine display of driving. Perhaps the best of the wins was that of two-year-old Jett Star in the Ausmic Pest Control Pace (2185m). Jett Star spent much of the final mile in the breeze outside American Bulitt, who was considered the main danger to the colt. When Warwick called upon the Bettors Delight youngster he careered away to a dominant 8.8m win on debut. Warwick scored his first win behind the Frank Fitzpatrick-trained Rocko Fitz in the Pinjarra Traders Westbred Entires and Geldings Pace (2185m), while Missplay made it two consecutive Monday victories in the Tint A Car Mandurah Pace (2185m). Parmesan took his impressive record to six wins from nine starts in the Woodlands Stud Pace (2185m). There were a few anxious moments for the $1.14 favourite as The Watch Maker loomed up ominously in the home straight but the gelding fought back to score by 1.6m. The Bird Dance rounded out the perfect day for Warwick in the Australian Premium Feeds Pace (2631m) with a comfortable 5.3m win. The gelding started off 30m in the standing start event and worked his way to the front as the field got the bell. Rum Delight tried to run down the four-year-old but he never looked any threat to spoiling Warwick’s unbeaten afternoon.   Tim Walker

Ahead of tonight’s Gloucester Park meeting, get the thoughts of the key players in each of the 10 races. RACE 1 – Better Your Bet With TABtouch Pace 2.Greg Bond (The Buckeye Bullet): “He’s got a strong chance. He’s got the advantage over the better ones. Hope he can hold up and be hard to beat.” 3.Chris Voak (Roman Art): “Hoping something can pressure the favourite. He’s an each way chance.” 4.Shannon Suvaljko (Roll With Me): “He’s going well but with nice horses drawn on the inside he needs a lot of luck. He will love the distance.” 5.Aldo Cortopassi (Art Tutor): “He’s actually working well. There’s speed drawn inside. We will come off the gate and drive for luck. 7.Gary Hall Snr (Balcatherine): “She needs luck. The race needs to be run upside down.”   RACE 2 – Better Your Industry With TABtouch Pace 1.Chris Voak (Bee Seventeen): “I think they do like sitting with him. I get the feeling we will sit on Valbonne.” 2.Michael Grantham (Valbonne): “He’s very quick off the gate so I’ll be intent to hold the lead over 2500.” 4.Gary Hall Snr (Eloquent Mach): “I think he will win. I think he can find the lead too.” 5.Kim Prentice (Soho Thunderstruck): “He’s trained on well but I can see him parked again and going to be a sitting duck over the 2500. In saying that I can still see him finishing in the money. 7.Shannon Suvaljko (All The Whispers): “He’s ready to run a race but it’s a hard draw. Follow in the next few starts.”   RACE 3 – Community TAB Pace 2.Justin Prentice (Always An Honour): “Good last start and worked well this week. Hopefully he can settle on the speed and be an each way chance.” 4.Aldo Cortopassi (Dreamy Nights): “Best when he’s up front. There’s speed inside. We will let him run the gate. He’s not a nice horse to drive when he’s back in the field.” 5.Shannon Suvaljko (A Boy Named Rosie): “Ran home well last start. Follow him when he draws a marble.” 6.Michael Grantham (Bletchley Park): “I’d probably have Always An Honour in front. Dreamy Nights is also quick and only goes well in front. I thought Aldo would push the button early and put me in a good spot.” 8.Greg Bond (Mighty Santana): “Racing well. He’s consistent. Bailey knows the horse. From the eight things need to go our way.”   RACE 4 – Better Your Club With TABtouch Pace 1.Ross Olivieri (Iceenothink): “He’s a sit sprint horse. He’s got to stay in the comfort zone.” 2.Aldo Cortopassi (Im Soxy): “We will have a crack. He’s got good speed. Realistically we will sit on Bully if he gets there early.” 4.Shannon Suvaljko (Tommy Be Good): “Racing well. Can run a place with luck.” 7.Greg Bond (El Jacko): “Looks like Chicago Bull’s race on paper. We will sit him up and hope to run a place.” 8.Ross Olivieri (Im Full Of Excuses): “Needs to improve off the last run. On his best form he’s a place chance.” 9.Gary Hall Snr (Chicago Bull): “Only bad luck will beat him.”   RACE 5 – TABtouch WA Oaks 1.Terry Ferguson (Sports Package): “She has got choices. She’s got the speed to lead.” 2.Stuart McDonald (My Sweet Deal): “The draw looks okay for her but it’s a tough race. I’m hoping to cross the one and lead.” 3.Ross Olivieri (Double Expresso): “Very happy with her. She pulled up that well from the previous run. She’s got plenty of options.” 4.Shannon Suvaljko (Tiffany Rose): “On the way up but it’s a difficult draw with the favourite drawn inside us. Will run a good race.” 6.Colin Brown (Fifty Five Reborn): “She has peaked for the Oaks and is versatile. However barrier ‘draws’ make it a gimme for Double Expresso.” 7.Chris Voak (Run For Mercy): “It will be a better race if something other than Double Expresso leads.” 10.Aldo Cortopassi (Star Fromthepalace): “Three the fence is the best place to be in a race like this. If you go back to her third against the boys in the Western Gateway, she can sprint well and run top three.” 11.Greg Bond (Intheskyrocket): “Hopefully she can find the line and run third to fifth.” 12.Michael Grantham (Sweet Maddison): “Never had the chance to sit with her. Tonight definitely going to be the opportunity to do it. For us I think it’s going to be perfect.”   RACE 6 – Laurie Kennedy Race For Roses 1.Chris Voak (Bettor Pack It): “She’s coming to the end of her campaign. At her best she can lead and run a mighty race.” 2.Aldo Cortopassi (Delightfull): “Never driven her before. Hope to get her away well and then work from there.” 6.Terry Ferguson (Bettor Copagoodone): “She’s been a revelation. She’s well bred. She’s been a bit disappointing but I think she got confidence in Albany. She’s digging in and putting it all together.” 8.Shannon Suvaljko (Arma Indie): “First-up but she’s a good hope. On a good beginning she will go close.” 9.Justin Prentice (Pick My Pocket): “She went well last week. If she can step well, I thought she was an each way chance.” 10.Ross Olivieri (Madame Meilland): “Not the safest beginner from the stand. Following them out should be okay. Take her on trust.” 11.Michael Grantham (Miss Sangrial): “Run last week was really good. I’m happy with her. She probably is the prominent mare in this race. I think she will be hard to beat.”   RACE 7 – Download The TABtouch App Today Pace 1.Matt Scott (Brookies Jet): “He will lead and be hard to beat.” 3.Aldo Cortopassi (Marquisard): “We will go forward off the gate and hopefully find the breeze. One or two out wide might press forward and we might get a nice run. We will need some luck.” 6.Matt Scott (Qtown Rip Roaring): “Racing well but he needs a little bit of luck.”   RACE 8 – TABtouch Giddy Up Premium Form 2.Chris Voak (Real Zeal): “Needs the run.” 3.Gary Hall Snr (Our Rhytmn N Blues): “Each way chance. Never had the chance to lead. He has in this race.” 4.Shannon Suvaljko (Sarge) “Hard draw. Wait for an easier draw.” 6.Aldo Cortopassi (Pradas Ideal Dahling): “He looks one of my best drives. Last week he was super. Jumped some tape down the straight. If he brings his A-game he’s in the race.”   RACE 9 – TABtouch Race Replays Pace 2.Michael Grantham (Machlani): “Form on paper isn’t too flash. He’s got some reasonable horses to his outside. We’re going to be bullish early to get in front of Bhagwan. I’m keen on him.” 7.Gary Hall Snr (Sir Galahad): “He’s a chance. He will probably be outside the leader. We need to stay in front of Taroona Bromac. He’s done plenty of work for this race.” 8.Greg Bond (Taroona Bromac): “Sir Galahad will probably try and stay ahead of us. We haven’t race him for more than a fortnight. He’s a strong chance in that race.”   RACE 10 – Off The Track WA Pace 2.Gary Hall Snr (Raksjameson): “I don’t know about his gate speed. He’s impressive though and in trackwork he’s alright.” 4.Chris Voak (Real Rocket): “Each way. I qualified him at trials. He won the trial not in a great time. I think long term he has the makings of a Golden Nugget horse. 6.Gary Hall Snr (Copy N Pace): “Each way. He went well the other night to beat Beaudiene Western.”   Tim Walker

It was supposed to be a clash between the returning champion and the new champion. Someone forgot to tell Ocean Ridge, driver Ryan Warwick and trainers Greg and Skye Bond. The gelding caused a stunning upset in the Perth Plasterboard Centre Memorial Day Pace (2536m) and claim the biggest scalps in his career in Shockwave and Chicago Bull. It was a game of cat and mouse between the two favourites coming in for the bell as Chicago Bull moved up three-wide from the rear of the field and Shockwave was quick to pull out in front of him. Driver Aiden De Campo took Shockwave to the breeze momentarily, then elected to sit on Chicago Bull as they passed the post the penultimate time. While that was happening, Warwick was calmly sitting three back on the pegs behind leader Talktomeurmattjesty and fellow team Bond runner Our Jimmy Johnstone. It looked as if the two favourites would fight it out on straightening and when Shockwave hit the front at the 100m mark he looked like he would make it five consecutive wins. Ocean Ridge had other ideas though and Warwick urged the five-year-old in the closing stages to score by a head to Shockwave. Chicago Bull lost no admirers in finishing five metres back in third. It was Ocean Ridge’s second Free-For-All win, having won in the same class back on February 28. He rated 1.54.4 off the back of a lead time of 1.03.8. Ocean Ridge’s performance came just a matter of moments after Kingslayer scored his eighth win from just 12 starts in WA in the Direct Trades Supply Pace (2130m). In the main event of the evening Lavra Joe led all the way to score a comfortable win in the Group 2 Champagne Classic. Meanwhile, the harness racing industry is mourning the passing of champion driver Gavin Lang. Lang had battled a rare form of cancer and passed away aged 61. Lang spoke to TABradio’s The Sports Daily about his career back in 2017. You can listen to the interview below.   by Tim Walker

RACE 1 TABtouch Pace 1.Chris Voak (Roman Art) “He drew better than Papanik. Tactically he has more options than him. He can lead or be leaders back.” 2. Ross Olivieri (Papanik) “Voaky made the decision to go with the one. He has a second to none chance in this race though.” 4. Wayne Justins (Carramar Arapaho) “I think he can cross. That’s his strength. 2130 is a bit closer to his distance range too so he may hold the lead.”   RACE 2 Retravision Pace 1.Matt Scott (Qtown Rip Roaring) “He’s racing well. He has the option to lead or sit. He will be hard to beat.” 2.  Matt Scott (Cut Above) “Good effort last start. She’s up against the boys though so she might be a place chance.” 3. Matt Scott (Brookies Jet) “Last start he was disappointing. 15 days between runs will help hin.” 4. Ross Olivieri (Carrera Mach) “He’s working the place down. He’s yet to show that. Second-up but he hasn’t been blessed with great draws. Place chance.” 5. Gary Hall Snr (Mr Kiwi) “He’s a chance. He’s working well enough. Best form is clearly good enough.”   RACE 3 Westral Pace 6. Wayne Justins (Pradas Ideal Dahling) “He didn’t get a proper crack at them last week. His track work is as good as ever. Other than lacking a bit of fitness, I can’t have him any better.”   RACE 4 Direct Trades Supply 1.Greg Bond (Kingslayer) “He should hold up. He might cop a bit of pressure. He’s got the speed to hold Saleahs Command. 2. Greg Bond (Courage Tells) “Tricky gate. He’s making up the numbers.” 5. Brian Clemens (Im Soxy) “I don’t give Jnr instructions. I leave it up to him. I couldn’t be happier to find a race. There’s not much point in him going back getting into a field like this.   RACE 5 Perth Plasterboard Centre Memorial Day Pace 1.Greg Bond (Our Jimmy Johnstone) “He’s got to be driven the way he runs his best races which is cold. We won’t want him getting into a war. He can stick to the fence and run home well. 5. Ross Olivieri (Im Full Of Excuses) “Generally a better horse when we don’t use him off the gate. I think he’s a knock out chance. The middle draw is a bit ordinary. The horse is going well. 7. Gary Hall Snr (Chicago Bull) “I’m pretty happy with him. He’ll be needing the run. We will sit him up and come with the one run. 9. Wayne Justins (Mighty Flying Deal) “He’s in here to have a go.” 10. Greg Bond (Ocean Ridge) “The draw suits and will likely be three back on the pegs. Wouldn’t surprise me to see him hitting the line. 12. Aiden De Campo (Shockwave) “It’s going to be exciting. It’s one I won’t look into too much. I will drive it to the speed of the race. He’s a horse that’s got a few strings to his bow. I wouldn’t be sure Talktomeurmattjesty would run to the top. If I was Our Jimmy Johnstone I’d want to hold him out.   RACE 6 Champagne Classic 1.Ray Jones (Lavra Joe) “He’s very quick out of the gate. I trialled him one time at Bunbury from barrier one and led easily.” 3. Justin Prentice (Beat The Bank) “Little bit outclassed here. 2130 will suit though.” 5. Ross Olivieri (Star Of Willoughby) “Went well at Bunbury. They ran the race hard the whole way at Bunbury. I think he’s a knock out chance.” 7. Justin Prentice (Adda Something) “Not a lot luck with the draw. The ability is there. I hope he hits the line well.   RACE 7 Garrards Horse and Hound Johnson Pace 1. Colin Brown (Typhoon Tiff) “She has improved off the first-up run.” 4. Justin Prentice (Dracarys) “She was super first-up and last start she just never got into it. Jnr said she’s starting to feel like the old Dracarys. With the right run she’s a chance.” 10. Justin Prentice (Has No Fear) “She was only fair last start. She had the run to finish closer than she did last start. We’ve put the pull down blinds on to make her finish off. 11. Gary Hall Snr (Balcatherine) “She will go close again. Better suited now having had the runs.” 12. Justin Prentice (Pick My Pocket) “Racing well. Her work has been good. That draw doesn’t help her as she’s better on speed.”   RACE 8 Catalano Truck & Equipment Pace 3. Greg Bond (The Buckeye Bullet) “Going well in stands. Expect a competitive showing.” 4. Justin Prentice (Babyface Adda) “Last two starts have been disappointing. His work has been good. He does need the race run to suit. If he can find a forward position he’s an each way chance. 5. Ross Olivieri (Kiwi Bloke) “A bit like Carrera Mach I’m waiting for him to show some form. His best form is in stands. Good opposition are drawn inside him. He needs to step well. 6. Ross Olivieri (G I Joe) “I hope he will be a better horse at the races. He’s a lazy track worker. We’ve added a hood to gee him up a bit. 9. Greg Bond (The Bird Dance) “First run in the stand. He got away well in the trials.” RACE 9 Specialised Equipment Funding Solutions 3YO Fillies 1.Colin Brown (Fifty Five Reborn) “She will appreciate the significant gear changes.” 2. Greg Bond (Intheskyrocket) “She’s racing well and will likely be on the back of the one.” 3. Justin Prentice (Suing You) “Fifty Five Reborn will be hard to beat. This isn’t a bad draw for her where we can drive her quietly.” 4. Stuart McDonald (My Sweet Deal) “I wasn’t impressed with her last run or my drive. I expect her to be near her best this week which should set her up for the Oaks. 2nd is probably the best result looking at the draws and the way the race will most likely be run.” 5. Ross Olivieri (Run For Mercy) “I think she’s in good order. She trialled well. We might have a throw at the stumps for the lead.” 6. Greg Bond (Weewah) “She will be dictated to by the speed of the race.” 8. Greg Bond (Nikasa) “I have an opinion of her but the draw hurts. Hopefully she runs top three to get in the Oaks.” RACE 10 Etch Coatings 3YO Fillies Pace 1.Aldo Cortopassi (Star Fromthepalace) “I think we will run the gate hard and try to find the front. She will go close.” 3. Gary Hall Snr (Advance Your Dream) “I’m hoping she can be in the running line with some cover. I don’t really want her to breeze. 9. Justin Prentice (Alta Louisa) “It’s hard for her. She’s a nice filly. Her first two runs have been impressive. Big rise for her in grade but she’s capable of measuring up to them.”   Tim Walker

It’s hard not to like Talktomeurmattjesty’s style of racing. His bold front-running style takes luck out of the equation and takes his rivals out of their comfort zone. He has established himself as one of the key players in the state’s Free-For-All ranks over the past few months, highlighted by his emphatic 24.5m win two starts back. This Friday he will be out to spoil the return of star pacer Chicago Bull in the Perth Plasterboard Centre Pace (2130m) where he has drawn the inside barrier in the six horse field. The eight-year-old suffered a surprise defeat last start where he beat just two of his seven rivals as a $1.70 favourite. Driver Kyle Harper said Talktomeurmattjesty’s followers should forgive his last start performance and tipped a much better showing this week. “He was a little bit disappointing last start but he went into that race with a month between runs,” Harper told RWWA Harness. “He went a little bit amiss in the time between those runs with a bug. “It was a bit tough for him to go up against a good field after a month off.” Chicago Bull headlines the six horse field in this week’s $20,000 event, which also includes Chiaroscuro, Argyle Red, Tommy Be Good and El Jacko. Despite Chicago Bull’s presence, Harper said he expected Talktomeurmattjesty to be too slick for his rivals out in front this week. “We weren’t super confident last start but I’m confident with him this week, even with Chicago Bull in the race,” he said. “From what Barry told me, he should be a lot sharper this week.” Talktomeurmattjesty rated a scintillating 1.52.9 in his win two starts back and ran a lead time of 35.1. The Barry Howlett-trained gelding had the field spread right out on that occasion and never looked like being headed. Harper said he always gets a good idea before each race whether Talktomeurmattjesty was on top of his game. “When he’s on song he’s nice to drive, especially when he finds the top,” he said. “You can tell in the warm up when he’s on song and he’s not all that fun to drive when he’s not able to find the front. “He’s an amazing horse though to do what he does early in races and then do it at the end as well. “Not too many horses can run that sort of lead time then do it at the end as well.” Talktomeurmattjesty has built up a formidable record of 15 wins and 12 placings from 45 starts in an admirable career spanning back to 2015. His second-up win this campaign back in December stands out as his best win to date where he beat subsequent Fremantle Cup and WA Pacing Cup winners Caviar Star and Mighty Conqueror respectively. Should he claim the scalp of Chicago Bull this Friday it might very well go down as his finest win yet.   Tim Walker

Champion pacer Chicago Bull will make his return in a rare Friday day time meeting this week at Gloucester Park. The Gary Hall Snr-trained pacer is one of six runners engaged in the Perth Plasterboard Centre Pace (2130m) at Free-For-All level. Chicago Bull will have to overcome the outside barrier to score on his return, while Talktomeurmattjesty looms as a key danger from barrier one. Chiaroscuro, Argyle Red, Tommy Be Good and El Jacko have drawn barriers two through to five. Double Expresso will look to return to the winner’s list in the Westral Pace (2130m) for the three-year-olds, where she has drawn barrier one. The filly produced an honest performance in the Sky Racing-WA Derby on April 3 when seventh to Patronus Star. Gardys Legacy, fourth in the WA Derby, has drawn barrier two alongside Double Expresso in what is expected to be a hotly contested event. Another key event on Friday afternoon will be the Off The Track – More Than Just A Racehorse Pace (1730m) for the two-year-old fillies. Sales Classic winner Lady Jadore makes her return to the track for the first time since winning that Group 1 on February 28 where she has drawn the outside of the six runners. Always An Angel and Benesari Lane will also play a key part in the event from barriers four and five respectively. Meanwhile, progressive pacer Papinik made it five straight wins to start his campaign in the Mondo Doro Smallgoods Pace (2130m) at Gloucester Park last night. Papinik worked his way to the front for reinsman Chris Voak and ran home in 56.6 to score by 1.8m. It was the second leg of a double on the card for Voak, who teamed up with Disco Under Fire earlier in the evening. Gary Hall Jnr also enjoyed success on the eight race card with Mister Bushido scoring a well-deserved win and Good Times Ahead scoring his second win in five days. The meeting gets underway at 10.30 on Friday morning.   Tim Walker

As Happy As Larry has made up for the heartbreak of a short half-head in last year’s Easter Cup by taking out tonight’s edition of the Group 2 event at Gloucester Park. The Robbie Williams-trained and driven pacer fell perrilessly short of Mighty Conqueror last year but he was not to be denied tonight, despite being the backmarker as the sole starter off the 50m line. As Happy As Larry was quickly away from the back of the field, while race favourite Taroona Bromac’s chances took a significant hit after he galloped early on. Always An Honour was able to work to the front from the 30m line for Gary Hall Jnr, while Taroona Bromac had to work to sit outside the leader. Taroona Bromac had stablemate Where Ya Bin on his back, while As Happy As Larry was a further pair back. The Live Or Die gelding loomed large on the turn for home and went on to unleash a strong finishing burst and score a comfortable 3.7m win in the 2902m feature. It took the gelding’s record to 15 wins from 69 starts and the biggest of his career to date. Where Ya Bin fought on gamely to finish second, while On My Oath produced another good performance to run third to go with his fourth placing at Pinjarra earlier this week. Earlier in the night, Typhoon Tiff made a super return from a long spell taking out the Retravision Pace (2130m) for the fillies and mares. Trainer and driver Colin Brown drove the mare agressively off the gate and comfortably found the lead from barrier four. The Bettors Delight mare hadn’t raced since last year’s Westbred Classic for the three-year-old fillies but she showed no signs of needing the hit out in scoring the 2.6m win. Millwood Molly and Pick My Pocket made some in roads to Typhoon Tiff’s lead over the concluding stages in running second and third respectively. Balcatherine finished fourth in her first start in almost 12 months, while Dracarys and Gotta Go Gabbana had little luck in finishing at the rear of the field.   Tim Walker

Champion trainer Gary Hall Snr is looking forward to giving New Zealand import Balcatherine her chance to lead in a strong fillies and mares race at Gloucester Park this Thursday night. The lightly raced American Ideal mare has drawn barrier one for the Retravision Pace (2130m) with Stuart McDonald set to drive. Balcatherine hasn’t been seen at the track since winning a WA Oaks Prelude on April 26 last autumn at just her third start in the state. In her WA career so far she has had to contend with barriers eight, nine and 10. Hall Snr picked had Balcatherine join the stable early last year off the back of two wins in New Zealand, before she failed to win at her first two starts for her new stable. The WA Oaks Prelude win was enough to see her secure a start in last year’s three-year-old fillies feature but she suffered a quarter crack in the week leading up to the event. The Hall of Fame trainer said he was eager to see how the four-year-old goes leading against some of the state’s toughest mares. “She’s been working well,” Hall Snr said. “She’s a quite hand and she works like a good mare. “She’s a good filly but she just hasn’t drawn well and we don’t know how she goes leading. “We will try to lead this week because if you hand over the lead you hand over the race.” McDonald is the beneficiary of Gary Hall Jnr’s decision to drive Justin Prentice’s talented mare Dracarys, who looks a live chance despite drawing barrier eight. Mares Classic winner Gotta Go Gabbana, who has been impressive in her first two runs back from a short break, has drawn barrier nine. Pick My Pocket, a last start winner of the Empress Stakes, will have her work cut out to win from barrier seven. Exciting mare Typhoon Tiff makes her eagerly anticipated return from barrier four. In the Free-For-All event of the evening, Shockwave will get another stern examination on his progress when he lines up from barrier seven of seven in the Simmonds Steel Pace (1730m). Golden State gets a big opportunity to lead from barrier one, while co-trainers Greg and Skye Bond will start Ocean Ridge, Galactic Star and Our Jimmy Johnstone from barriers two, three and four. Meanwhile, Hall Snr said he’s hoping to have Chicago Bull back at the races next Friday night.   Tim Walker

Two emerging pacers made up for the disappointment of missing a start in Friday’s Sky Racing-WA Derby by taking out their respective assignments at Pinjarra today. First emergency from the Derby Valentines Brook had litle issue in finding the front for reinsman Michael Grantham from barrier three in the Fiber Fresh Supporting WA Pacing Pace (2185m). The Mike Reed-trained gelding didn’t have it all his own way in front as Im Loki put the pressure on in the breeze. Valentines Brook showed the class edge between him and his rivals over the last half though to run home in 57.2 and score by 2.4m to Hotfoot It. Withoutthetuh was the second emergency for the three-year-old feature on Friday night but picked up a nice consolation prize against lesser opposition in the Hygain Reuperate Pace (2185m). The gelding got away slowly from the arm from the second line but quickly worked his way to the front within the first 600m. The Michael Brennan-trained pacer looked to be doing it easily into the home straight after carving out a third quarter of 27.9. However, Grantham had to urge Withoutthetuh along over the closing stages as Suarez started to eat into the margin. Withouthetuh found enough though to hold on by 1.5m and take his record to four wins from 15 starts. Grantham’s other winner on the nine race card was the highly talented Forgotten Highway in the Hygain Micrspeed Pace (2116m). The six-year-old made his move three-wide on the turn for home and overpowered his rivals to score by 1.9m. Forgotten Highway will look to score his second win in a week when he lines up in Thursday’s $40,000 Easter Cup (2902m) off the front line. Stablemate Miss Sangrial is also engaged to start in the Easter Cup off the 30m mark.   Tim Walker

The Bernard James-trained Parisian Partygirl took out a super edition of yesterday’s Global Breeding Farms Golden Girls Mile (1684m) at Pinjarra. Just 7m covered first to last in a busy finish to the $30,000 feature and Parisian Partygirl was one of nine horses across the track that all had winning claims over the closing stages. Race favourite Rosies Ideal held the lead from barrier one, while Our Alfie Romeo worked to the breeze from barrier six. The solidly run first half of 58.1 set the race up for those just off the speed and Parisian Partygirl was one of those who was able to swoop late. Reinsman Kyle Harper, having his first drive on the seven-year-old, was able to get off the pegs and get into clear running on the turn for home. Parisian Partygirl and American Delight stormed home in the last 100m to fight out the finish but it was the Courage Under Fire mare who scored by a head. Gotta Go Gabbana, having her first start since January 31, made an encouraging return to finish third. Our Alfie Romeo fought on bravely in her first start back in Western Australia since a Ladyship Mile campaign, while Rosies Ideal finished 11th. Harper told TABradio he admired the mare’s tenacity to power past a quality field. “She just tries her heart out,” he said. “She’s got that great 300m sprint on her and we got her out at the right time. “The first 100m up the straight I didn’t think we were going to get there. “That last 100m she just really rattled home.” Meanwhile, Chicago Bull will line up in this Friday’s Free-For-All event at Gloucester Park.   Tim Walker

Champion pacer Chicago Bull could make his return to the races as early as this Friday night, after he was nominated for a 2536m Free-For-All at Gloucester Park this Friday night. The gelding hasn’t been seen on the track since last June due a suspensory strain and issues with the sesamoid bone on his off side front leg. It has been a patient build up for trainer Gary Hall Snr to get Chicago Bull back to the track and said while he was yet to decide if he’d run his stable star this week, a return was imminent. “He’s nominated for this week, but we will make the decision later in the week,” he told RWWA Harness. “He’s been working reasonably well, but I don’t expect him to ever get back to what he was before. “He’s sound and he’s working okay, so hopefully he will be able to get back somewhere near his best.” Should Chicago Bull show his best form this campaign Hall Snr said he would consider taking the seven-year-old to Sydney later this year for the Inter Dominion series. Chicago Bull heads up a stellar list of nominations for the $25,000 event and could clash with the highly talented Shockwave, who scored a comfortable win in last Friday’s FFA. Pinjarra Cup winner Vampiro is one of six nominations in the race for training partnership Greg and Skye Bond. Galactic Star is also nominated for what could be his first start since returning back from a Sydney campaign. Meanwhile, the three-year-olds will get one last chance to stake their claims for the WA Derby on April 3 in a 2130m event this week. Howard Hughes, who faded to finish eighth after enduring a tough run in last week’s Western Gateway, is one of five runners nominated for the event for the Bond team. Hall Snr has Copy N Pace nominated for the event, while fellow trainer Mike Reed has entered Caveman and Pocket The Cash. The three-year-old fillies will also get their chance to press their feature race claims in another 2130m event this week. Tim Walker

Hall of Fame trainer Gary Hall Snr rates King Of Swing’s triumph in Saturday night’s Miracle Mile as one of his finest moments in harness racing. The former West Australian pacer’s completed his rise to the top echelon of the Free-For-All ranks in Australasia rating a dazzling 1.48.0 for the famous Menangle mile. Hall Snr, who owns a share in the five-year-old with his partner Karen, said winning a Miracle Mile had been a long-term goal. “That’s right up there for me,” he told TABradio. “For me to win a Miracle Mile, it has been on my bucket list for years. “I’ve run a third and a fourth in it but I’ve never looked like winning it. “Quinny (Im Themightyquinn) wasn’t really a miler.” King Of Swing had 13 starts prior to joining Hall Snr’s stable in March 2018 and won the WA Derby at just his second start in the state. The son of Rocknroll Hanover then endured a frustrating campaign in the second half of 2019 and Hall Snr, along with the other owners, elected to send the five-year-old to New South Wales. He has now won four of his five starts under the care of Cross and Hall Snr said he couldn’t believe how well he adapted to racing at the top level, given his lacklustre form at Gloucester Park. “He just wasn’t competitive at all when he wasn’t in front,” he said. “You’ve got to admire Luke (McCarthy) and Craig Cross and the job they’ve done with the horse. “He’s focused and all he wants to do is win.” Hall Snr said King Of Swing would now likely be aimed at the Len Smith Mile or a potential trip to Queensland, with a long range plan of getting him to the Inter Dominion series later in the year. Meanwhile, Golden Nugget winner Shockwave is a chance of making a return to the track in Friday night’s Group 2 4&5YO Championship (2130m). The Ryan Bell-trained pacer was desperately unlucky in the WA Pacing Cup and hasn’t been seen since.   Tim Walker

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